Jennifer Lopez changed lives with this green dress

Omg, Jennifer Lopez was told not to wear *that* iconic green Versace gown to the Grammys

It’s why Google Images was invented, you know x

Jennifer Lopez almost didn’t wear that iconic Versace green dress to the 2000 Grammy Awards.

Jennifer was advised by her stylist, Andrea Lieberman, to opt for another outfit because some other celebs had been seen wearing it. However, the low-cut dramatic gown was the “best” that she had brought with her, and you know, a look is a look.

“It was a dress that other people had worn already. My stylist was like, ‘Please don’t wear it. Somebody else has worn it.’ I was like, ‘Well, you bought it, and it looks the best, so I’m going to wear it.’ And so I did. And it caused quite a stir,” she told Vogue for a video reflecting on 17 of her signature looks.

The risk paid off not only for Jennifer’s fashion legacy but the fight also inspired one of the most important technological advancements in the 21st century. The frenzy the low-cut green dress caused led to Google creating an ability to search for pictures on its pioneering search engine, according to Google’s former CEO and chairman.

“People wanted more than just text. This first became apparent after the 2000 Grammy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez wore a green dress that, well, caught the world’s attention. At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: J­Lo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born,” Eric Schmidt wrote on a Project Syndicate blog post in 2015.

This assertion was confirmed by Google Images’s director of engineering and product, Cathy Edward, who called the speculation “completely true” while talking to GQ. Again, wearing it has been one of the most savvy sartorial decisions in her entire fashion career. In 2019,  Jennifer honoured the dress and the fashion house that created it when the creative director Donatella Versace invited her to walk the runway in the gown at Milan Fashion Week.

In the Vogue video, Jennifer compared the green dress and its cultural impact to Marilyn Monroe’s white halter dress in the movie The Seven Year Itch, continuing, “I guess every generation needs its iconic kind of Marilyn dress, and this is that dress for this generation,” she told the outlet.  “Why it became that? It was just a moment when the wind blew open, and I walked out onto the stage, and it just kinda happened.”

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